18.000 x 24.000 inches
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Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs
Painting - Watercolor-pencil
An imaginary piece that was inspired by the Pennsylvania Dutch Hex signs I saw on barns in Lancaster County, PA. I spent about 150 hours on this piece. I paint at a relaxed pace for the love of painting, and with the intention of uplifting the person viewing it. Plenty of love and joy go into my work, and I hope that comes across.I wish I was able to upload the original file which is nearly four times as large as the file I was able to upload on this site, and is much more detailed. I had a 24 x 32 Giclee Canvas print made by a printer in Asheville, NC of the original watercolor painting and I am very happy with it.
About 300 years ago, groups of religious refugees from the Rhine region of Germany migrated to south eastern Pennsylvania. Over time, these people became known as \\\\\\\"Pennsylvania Dutch\\\\\\\" and they had their own type of art which was expressed in \\\\\\\"hex signs.\\\\\\\"
Some of the more popular symbols included: sun wheel for warmth and fertility, hearts for love, birds (called distelfinks) for good luck and happiness, tulips for faith and stars for luck. The specific colors used also had meaning: red for your emotions, yellow for love of man and the sun, green for growing things, blue for protection, white for purity, and brown for Mother Earth.
The single rosette is the most basic motif of hex signs and it is one of the most ancient designs in western culture. The rosette appears on buildings, furniture, gravestones and pottery.
The rosette design (on the second post in the painting) is a symbol for luck and the scalloped border symbolizes smooth sailing. The color red is used to symbolize strength and green is a life color. This sign with the red rosette is a potent safeguard against harm and portends good luck in life.
From my heart to yours, Lori Miller
August 2nd, 2010
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